More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia in the world and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
It is projected that by 2050, the number of people living with the disease will rise to nearly 13 million as baby boomers continue to age and people are living longer overall. In fact, over the past decade, the average life expectancy has dramatically increased around the world. In the 1950s, the average global life expectancy was estimated to be 47 years. As of 2020, the global average life expectancy is 73 years, with the trend expected to grow to 77 years by 2050.
Although the risk of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, it is not a normal part of aging or something that should be expected in older people. We still have no cure for Alzheimer’s and it seems that our progress on developing medications and treatments for the disease has hit a standstill.
Read more about the facts, Alzheimer’s research, and the difficult path ahead for finding the cure
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